Theology : The Basic Readings

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-09-26
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Fully updated and expanded, this new edition introduces the Christian faith through important theological readings, covering historical, modern, denominational, gender, liberal and traditional issues. It is the ideal accompaniment to the bestselling textbook, Theology: The Basics. Edited by leading theologian Alister E. McGrath, this volume brings together a range of readings that act as an introduction to the Christian faith Incorporates a new section of readings on the Holy Spirit as well as expanded readings on contemporary theology and feminist theology Provides an introduction and analysis of each reading, along with a helpful glossary Uses the Apostle's Creed as a framework to introduce readers to writings on key topics, such as faith, God, Jesus, creation, and salvation Encourages readers to interact with each text and to engage with primary sources

Author Biography

Alister E. McGrath is Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion Culture, and Professor of Theology, Ministry, and education at King's College. London. A world-acclaimed theologian, he is the author of numerous bestselling books including The Christian Thelogy Reader (4th edition, 2011), Theology: The Basics (3rd edition. 2011). Science and Religion (2nd edition. 2011), and Dawkins' God: Genes Memes and the Meaning of life (2004), all published by Wiley-Black well.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
How To Use This Bookp. xiii
Engaging a Readingp. xvi
Christian Theology: An Historical Overviewp. xviii
Faithp. 1
Godp. 27
Creationp. 47
Jesusp. 67
Salvationp. 88
Spiritp. 108
Trinityp. 128
Churchp. 148
Sacramentsp. 168
Heavenp. 188
A Brief Glossary of Theological Termsp. 208
Sources of Readingsp. 222
Indexp. 227
Acknowledgments ix
How To Use This Book xiii
Engaging a Reading xvi
Christian Theology: An Historical Overview xviii
Faithp. 1
Augustine of Hippo on theology and secular philosophyp. 3
Vincent of Lérins on tradition and theologyp. 6
John Calvin on the nature of faithp. 9
Karl Barth on revelation and the Word of Godp. 12
Emil Brunner on revelation and reasonp. 15
Paul Tillich on the nature of theologyp. 18
C. S. Lewis on myths in theologyp. 21
John Paul II on faith and reasonp. 24
Godp. 27
Athenagoras of Athens on the Christian Godp. 29
Thomas Aquinas on analogies of Godp. 32
Jürgen Moltmann on the suffering of Godp. 35
Hans Urs von Balthasar on the glory of Godp. 38
Elizabeth A. Johnson on female analogies for Godp. 41
Sarah Coakley on vulnerability and Godp. 44
Creationp. 47
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola on human naturep. 49
Jonathan Edwards on the beauty of creationp. 52
William Paley on the contrivance of naturep. 55
John Henry Newman on natural religionp. 58
G. K. Chesterton on the doctrine of creationp. 61
Dorothy L. Sayers on creation and evilp. 64
Jesusp. 67
Athanasius of Alexandria on the incarnationp. 69
Martin Kähler on the “Jesus of History”p. 72
George Tyrrell on modern views of Jesusp. 75
Austin Farrer on the incarnation and sufferingp. 78
Morna D. Hooker on Chalcedon and the New Testamentp. 81
N. T. Wright on Jesus and the identity of Godp. 85
Salvationp. 88
Rufinus of Aquileia on Christ’s death as a victoryp. 90
Anselm of Canterbury on satisfaction for sinp. 93
F. D. E. Schleiermacher on Christ as redeemerp. 96
Bernard Lonergan on the rationality of salvationp. 99
Colin Gunton on the language of salvationp. 102
Rosemary Radford Ruether on suffering and redemptionp. 105
Spiritp. 108
Ambrose of Milan on the divinity of the Spiritp. 110
The Formula of Concord on the Spirit and human renewalp. 113
Charles Gore on the Holy Spirit and redemptionp. 116
Henry Barclay Swete on the Holy Spirit and the Trinityp. 119
John Webster on the person of the Spiritp. 122
John Meyendorff on the Spirit and the Trinityp. 125
Trinityp. 128
Irenaeus of Lyons on the Trinitarian faithp. 130
The Eleventh Council of Toledo on the Trinityp. 133
Karl Rahner on the economic Trinityp. 136
John Macquarrie on the function of the Trinityp. 139
Robert Jenson on the Trinity as God’s namep. 142
Catherine Mowry LaCugna on the Trinity and the Christian lifep. 145
Churchp. 148
Martin Luther on the nature of the churchp. 150
Lesslie Newbigin on a missionary ecclesiologyp. 153
The Second Vatican Council on the churchp. 156
George Dragas on Orthodox ecclesiologyp. 159
Stanley Hauerwas on the church and the Christian storyp. 162
Leonardo Boff on the reinvention of the churchp. 165
Sacramentsp. 168
Cyril of Jerusalem on the meaning of baptismp. 170
Huldrych Zwingli on the real presencep. 173
The Council of Trent on transubstantiationp. 176
The World Council of Churches on baptismp. 179
Rowan Williams on the sacraments as signsp. 182
Benedict XVI on the eucharistp. 185
Heavenp. 188
Cyprian of Carthage on the hope of heavenp. 190
Methodius of Olympus on the resurrection bodyp. 193
John Wesley on the final restoration of naturep. 196
The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the resurrectionp. 199
Wolfhart Pannenberg on eschatology and evilp. 202
Kathryn Tanner on eternal lifep. 205
A Brief Glossary of Theological Termsp. 208
Sources of Readingsp. 222
Indexp. 227
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